Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will delay the entering into force of the Environmental Protection Flood Risk Regulations 2009 due to enter into force on 10 December 2009 until (a) all interested parties have been consulted and (b) both Houses of Parliament have scrutinised the Statutory Instrument. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: The Government consulted on provisions to implement the EU Floods Directive in the draft Flood and Water Management Bill (Cmnd 7582) published on 21 April. We received nearly 650 responses and these are summarised on DEFRA's website and are available from the DEFRA library. The EFRA Select Committee also scrutinised the draft Bill.
Specific reference was made to the regulations in the written ministerial statement on 19 November when the Flood and Water Management Bill was introduced and the Government response (Cmnd 7741) to the EFRA Select Committee report and to the consultation was published. All interested parties, including Parliament, have had an opportunity to scrutinise our plans for transposing the directive.
Laying the regulations on the day that the Flood and Water Management Bill was introduced provided an opportunity for each to be considered in the context of the other. The regulations have been considered by the House of Lords Select Committee on the Merits of Statutory Instruments and officials provided clarification to the committee.